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March 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Cactus League game #12 — Mariners at Dodgers

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GAME NOTES … 03.08.14 ST Notes (at LAD)

Here’s the Mariners updated starting line-up. Big thanks to Jerry for handling the afternoon game. It was much appreciated. As he mentioned in his postgame blog, DJ Peterson was feeling sick to his stomach during the game this afternoon. He’s been scratched from the starting line-up tonight.

A quick reminder that this game is being broadcast live on the MLB Network for people who want to watch.

First inning

Not exactly a Tom Emanski-type clinic on base running. Abraham Almonte led off with a single and got picked off by Josh Beckett at first. Kyle Seager singled, but misread Nick Franklin’s soft fly into right and was doubled off.

Well that inning wasn’t dull. First the Mariners had a snowball fight with Dee Gordon on base, firing the ball all over the field as he stole second base. Blake Beavan gave up an RBI single and Jesus Montero couldn’t field a hard ground ball that led to two runs scoring. It was a pretty ugly inning.

Dodgers 3, Mariners 0

Second inning

Well, Montero tried to make up for his miscue. Justin Smoak drew a lead-off walk and Montero hammered a pitch over the wall in right-center for a two-run blast. It was his first homer of the spring and it was hit hard. Stefen Romero followed with a line drive laser of a homer to left field to tie the game.

Little better second inning for Beavan. He gave up a one-out single, but retired the next two batters – Gordon and Crawford.

Mariners 3, Dodgers 3.

Third inning

Mariners get a break. Nick Franklin’s two-out pop up to shallow center landed on the grass after center fielder Joc Pederson called off Hanley Ramirez and then realized he was 10 feet from the ball. Pederson probably could have thrown Franklin out at second, since he wasn’t running extremely hard, but he fumbled the ball while picking it up. Instead of being out of the inning, Beckett then served up a homer to Justin Smoak – a towering moon shot that seemed to hang up in the air forever.

Beavan worked a 1-2-3 inning as a couple of hard hit balls were caught by Almonte in center.

Mariners 5, Dodgers 3

Fourth inning

Romero continues to rake. He hammered a pitch down the left field line for a double. He later scored on Carlos Triunfel’s single past the drawn-in infield.

Beavan is done after three innings, he gave up three runs – one earned – on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Logan Kensing pitched the fourth inning. He gave up one-out double to Joc Pederson that hit off the center field wall. But came back to strike out Tim Federowicz and got Alex Guerrero to pop out.

Fifth inning

Justin Smoak drew a two-out walk off of the ageless Jamey Wright, but Montero grounded into a force play to end the inning.

Dee Gordon’s speed continues to bother the Mariners. Kensing fielded his high chopper and in his haste to get the ball to first, he threw awkwardly to first and nowhere near Montero. The ball went out of play and allowed Gordon to advance to second. He moved over to third on Carl Crawford’s situational ground ball to second. It seemed like Gordon would score on Hanley Ramirez’s routine fly ball to left field. However, Stefen Romero, whose defense has vastly improved, got his feet underneath of him and made an outstanding throw to home to get the sliding Gordon. It’s amazing how much Romero has improved since last spring.

Sixth inning

M’s go  down 1-2-3

Juan Uribe crushed a two-run homer to deep right-center to cut the Mariners’ lead to 6-5 off of Andrew Carraway. In the past, people have wondered why Carraway, who puts up decent to solid numbers with Class AAA Tacoma, doesn’t get a shot with the big league team. Talking to most scouts, Carraway is a guy that would have to be pinpoint with command to get big league hitters out consistently. If he’s even a little off he gets hit hard.

 Seventh inning

Mariners got the first two runners on to start the inning … then Seager struck out, Franklin grounded out and Smoak struck out. Not exactly what you are looking for there.

Andrew Carraway is lifted mid-inning for Jonathan Arias, who gets the final two outs.

Eighth inning 

Montero is having an interesting game. He hit his second home run of the game on a fly ball down the right field line. That ball probably isn’t out in most parks, but he is hitting the ball to the right side of the field more this spring which is an improvement. The Mariners added another run on a fielder’s choice and lead 8-5.

Arias issues a two-out walk, but gets out of the inning.




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